In The Basement: Ad Execs Are Near Bottom Of Trust Index

Despite controversies about COVID-19, doctors are seen as the most trustworthy professionals by 59% of consumers worldwide, according to the 2022 Ipsos Global Trustworthiness Index. And scientists are second. 

Who’s near the bottom? Not government employees, cops, business executives or even journalists. 

Rather, ad executives are third from last, beating only cabinet officials and politicians. 

Ad people are trusted by 18% worldwide, and by 13% in the United States. 

That presumably includes email marketers, although permission-based email is based on trust, and may be less reviled than broad-based advertising. 

Still, it’s a miserable number, given that pollsters, lawyers and TV news/znchors all do better, although not by much in the case of pollsters in the U.S. 



Politicians generally are trusted by 12% worldwide and 10% in the U.S.

Contrary to their common demonization, teachers are trusted by 58% in the U.S. and 52% globally. And 56% of Americans trust the Armed Forces, a figure that slips to 41% outside the U.S.

Clergy/priests have a higher level of trust in the U.S.—37%, versus 26% elsewhere. But even here, the majority seems to have little faith in them. 

Americans are also more trusting of police—41%, versus 37% globally. But only 17% trust lawyers, versus 29% outside the country.

Journalists are trusted by 25% worldwide, and 24% in the U.S. 

Ipsos surveyed 21,515 adults under the age of 75 between May 27 and June 10. The findings cover 28 countries. 


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  1. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, August 5, 2022 at 9:57 a.m.

    So nothing much has changed over the past fifty years. Not surprising.

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